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Old 10 July 2015, 15:50   #1
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Avon Searider drain socks/elephant trunks

I have one good one and one bad one. On the bad one, it's the plastic that is cracked (hypalon is ok).

Paul Tilley and Henshaws said they don't have them (I emailed) and rib-shop doesn't list them in their online store anymore.

Found them on ebay (see attached) but I emailed and they can't conform that they are the same screw pattern that will be a direct replacement (I really don't want to drill new holes in the transom and/or worry about filling the old ones and matching the gelcoat). This plastic fitting seems to made of gold??? $133 plus shipping / duties / etc.???

Any suggestions?

I'm really considering pulling the good one off the other side, taking a mold off of it, and laying one up in GRP. I never done it before but I've watched plenty of youtube videos. Material would be $40!
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Old 12 July 2015, 16:56   #2
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I noted on mine SR that the fitting is not plastic but GRP, black gelcoat mixed with plenty of chopped fiberglass. I guess it's not "laminated, but poured into the mold.

The shape is not the easiest to copy, but if You can find a pipe that's outer diameter is the same size a the inner diameter of the fitting, then should be doable.
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Think you'd struggle to get a good mould off it. But could be wrong.

Someone in the states posted on here the other week: what is this part? - link in there to a US supplier who may be able to help?

But also worth noting that that could be a 'standard' plumbing/agricultural pipe fitting. Something like this: SIBO | Professional Water Products need to take it out and make some measurements...
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I noted on mine SR that the fitting is not plastic but GRP, black gelcoat mixed with plenty of chopped fiberglass. I guess it's not "laminated, but poured into the mold.
After a closer look, I think that your right - I can see the chopped fiberglass specs in it.

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Someone in the states posted on here the other week: what is this part? - link in there to a US supplier who may be able to help?
I have a pipe plug now but I don't think that will be a long term solution.
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I think when I was looking for new drain socks that this site:

http://www.ribstore.co.uk/shop/

Had the SR style ones (with a hexagonal mounting flange?), however they seem to be 'on holiday' at the moment (novel for a web store!)

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I think when I was looking for new drain socks that this site:

http://www.ribstore.co.uk/shop/

Had the SR style ones (with a hexagonal mounting flange?), however they seem to be 'on holiday' at the moment (novel for a web store!)
Yes. They used to be up there for 90GBP each.

I'm going to get the heat gun out tonight and try removing the trunk to see what I've got to work with.
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have you tried Rubber Matting | Ground Protection | Safety Surfacing ,look under mouldings
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Mine (OK, it's a Humber bu the theory still holds) uses a bit of tube glued into the transom and sticking out by about an inch with the hypalon bit glued over the sticking olut bit...

If the bore of your transom hole is = standard plumbing O/D you're laughing......
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I think when I was looking for new drain socks that this site:

http://www.ribstore.co.uk/shop/

Had the SR style ones (with a hexagonal mounting flange?), however they seem to be 'on holiday' at the moment (novel for a web store!)

Cheers

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Even a web-store has to actually post the stuff out to you, no good having the store open, you ordering then getting pissed off cos your stuff hasn't arrived for 2 weeks.
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I ended up just fixing the one that was badly cracked. Resin with a little black pigment in it and a couple of layers of mat inside and out. Also had a thin spot in the hypalon where it had been repeatedly folded so I patched that too.
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